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January 04, 2023
If you’re a fan of white turkey meat, you’ll love my Honey Butter Turkey Breast Recipe. The turkey is seasoned with my world-famous Honey Chipotle Rub and soaked in a honey butter wrap. Within 3 hours, you’ll have a beautiful turkey breast full of sweet, smoky flavor.
This recipe would be a great alternative to your usual holiday turkey. Many people prefer the ease of cooking just a portion of the bird. Some even say the turkey breast is the best part! If you didn’t believe that before, one bite of my Honey Butter Turkey Breast will convince you.
If you’re craving turkey but don’t want to spend all day over the stove, I’ve got you covered.
Turkey breasts are one of the easiest things to make on the pit. They’re one of the best “fix it and forget it” cuts around! I kept this recipe simple; no injection or brine was required. Add a butter wrap, and you have a foolproof recipe for success.
This simple recipe comes together with just seven ingredients. I can guarantee you have at least two of them in your pantry! Here’s what you need to add to your shopping cart.
Here’s the main equipment I used for this cook. You can find more of my must-haves in the Equipment and Tools section.
You can find a detailed demonstration in the recipe card and video at the bottom of this post. For now, here’s a brief overview of how I pulled this cook together.
The DIY rub created a gorgeous bark, but the meat was juicy and rich. The butter bath added the perfect amount of sweetness and moisture. The turkey has the perfect balance of zesty sweetness with just a little heat.
Snack on this turkey or slice it up to make sandwiches. If you want to make an entire spread, pair this tasty main dish with my amazing green bean casserole and sweet potato pie. You can find both of those recipes in my Thanksgiving roundup.
If you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to four days or freeze them for up to 6 months.
Traeger Timberline 1300, Royal Oak Charcoal Pellets, cutting board, heavy-duty aluminum foil, instant-read meat thermometer, YETI Tundra 65 Hard Cooler, insulated gloves for handling meat
3 lb boneless turkey breast
1 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle Rub
1/2 cup of Turbinado Sugar
2 tbsp of coarse black pepper
Get pellet grill (or any smoker) up to 325º. We used pecan pellets for this cook.
Season turkey breast, we left the casing / netting on.
Cook for 1 hour and then spray with butter.
Put ChefAlarm in smallest turkey breast (if you are cooking more than one) and set it to 140º-145º. If you don't have a ChefAlarm, you can check with an internal thermometer at your discretion.
Once turkey breast reaches temp, remove the casing / netting from each breast, wrap each breast with 1 stick of butter and coat it with honey.
Return wrapped turkey breast to grill / smoker and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160º-165º.
Remove turkey breast from grill once temperature is reached and allow them to rest for at least 30 minutes.
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